Wizards GM not afraid to 'take big swings' this offseason
Washington Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard  Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard won’t be afraid to take "big swings" to improve his roster this offseason if the opportunities present themselves, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington writes.

The Wizards dealt with several COVID-19 and injury-related issues this season, finishing with just a 34-38 record. The team was eliminated by the Sixers in a five-game series after making it out of the play-in tournament.

“We’ve gotta continue to add talent everywhere we can, and I think we’ve shown that I’m not afraid to take big swings,” Sheppard said. “We’re not afraid to go out and acquire players in trades, to do whatever it takes.”

Prior to the season, Washington dealt John Wall and a future first-round pick to the Rockets in exchange for Russell Westbrook, a prime example of a big-swing move.

There’s more from the Southeast Division tonight:

  • Hornets forward Miles Bridges emerged as a well-rounded threat for the team this season, Sam Perley of NBA.com writes. Bridges averaged 12.7 points and a career-high six rebounds per game, serving as a key cog in the club’s rotation. “I feel like I can always get better at everything,” Bridges said during his exit interview, as relayed by Perley. “For this team, I play a lot of positions, a lot of different roles. I want to get better at everything — my IQ mainly. Learn how to finish games better, creating shots for myself and my teammates. I can always get better at defense, so for me, it’s just the full package.”
  • The Heat‘s early playoff exit will allow Miami to spend more time reflecting on the season and planning for the summer, Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel writes. Team president Pat Riley — much like Sheppard — has never been afraid to take big swings to improve his team, something worth monitoring this offseason.
  • Magic veteran James Ennis provided respectable three-and-D play for Orlando this season, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel writes. Ennis averaged 8.4 points on a career-high 43% from deep this season, starting in 37 of his 41 games.

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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